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There are a lot of jobs out there in the world.  Many of them we look at and think that we would never be caught dead doing them.  Some of these jobs might include skyscraper window cleaner or large radio tower inspector.  However, even though these jobs sound horrible to the majority of us, there is always some poor soul that will end up doing them.  Regardless of how unsafe the job might seem to you, these brave souls wake up every day and head to work with the hope they are going to come back to the family in one piece. High-rise Window Cleaner We have all been to big cities and seen the tall buildings that are full of windows.  Well, who do ...
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From March 9-13th, the Center for Communities by Design conducted "Reimagine Dublin One," a design assistance project with a joint European and American team. The 4-day process involved over 200 people and produced an 80-page final report with a series of key recommendations to revitalize the neighborhood. The project was a part of Framework, a broader initiative to adapt the design assistance process to Irish communities. The Lord Mayor gave remarks at the final presentation , thanking the AIA for "it's incredible contribution to our city." Background on the project, including the final report, can be found here . Learn more about the Sustainable ...
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Ten kilometers to the southwest of Chiang Mai, you will find Ratchaphruek Garden in a gorgeous mountain setting. When you visit Ratchaphruek Garden in Chiang Mai, you will enjoy a fabulous collection of some of the most attractive and exotic flora on earth, as well as displays of incredibly detailed and beautiful architecture and artwork. Ratchaphruek Garden was home to the 2006 Royal Flora Expo - the most beautiful horticultural exposition worldwide, which attained "A1" status from the Association of International Horticultural Producers. The expo commemorated the sixtieth anniversary of the crowning of HRH King Bhumibol Adulyadej . Now the Ratchaphruek Garden ...
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Remodeling the home or adding new living space will always be a really large job. Even if you are really handy with your tools, there is a strong possibility general contractors will have to be hired. You surely want to learn how to find a reliable general contractor but after you do, the way in which you work with the contractor can make or break the project. This is why you should always focus on building a really good working relationship with the professional, no matter who you contact. Here are some things that have to be in the back of your mind at all times.  Communication Is Key According to professional Vancouver General Contractors , establishing ...
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Letter from the editor Welcome to our first Journal of 2017!  We are off to a great start and I think this year promises to be particularly engaging.  We have a great committee, with fantastic ideas and focus, that we will share with you throughout the next few months.   First, we continue our segments on getting to know some emerging professionals in the field.  This time we get to meet Kristina Koblusky. She is an impassioned lead designer, working towards licensure, with a drive to help people, communities and the environment.  My thanks to Kristina for taking the time out of her busy life to share her honest thoughts with us. In this issue, we address ...
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By the AAJ Communications Committee Personal information: How do you like to spend your free time? KK: I am currently working on my architectural license which is a time intensive process, so any true free time is usually planned well ahead. When time allows, I enjoy hiking or just getting outdoors. There are several trails close to where I live and I enjoy short hikes on the weekends. Once or twice a year, my husband and I take time off and go off to mountains to conquer the more intense trails. There is something special about the vast, serene, and open panoramas that the mountains offer. I cannot get enough of their energy and beauty. ...
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By Jim Beight, AIA, LEED AP   Courthouses have long served as the centers of community throughout the world, playing an instrumental role in civic identity and continuity. These important buildings have served to connect governments with their citizens while symbolizing the noble tradition of enduring justice. Despite this grand mission, courthouses as a facility type have often fallen short in terms of providing a user-friendly experience for the general public. The 2015 State of the State Courts survey, conducted by the National Center for State Courts, found that only 41 percent of respondents in the U.S. rated courts as good or excellent when ...
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 By the AAJ Communications Committee Experience: What are you most passionate about in regards to justice architecture?  GC:  What I am most drawn to is the opportunity to influence lives in a positive way by providing design solutions that support rehabilitation and re-entry into society. The expectations of our criminal justice system are changing, and I’m excited to work with the talented architects that are leading the response from the design community. What firm do you work for and how long have you been with your current firm? GC:  I have worked for HOK for 10 years. I was in St. Louis for 8 years before joining the Chicago ...
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By Laurence E. Hartman, AIA, NCARB, CCHP   The winter conference of the American Correctional Association (ACA) was held January 20-24, 2017 in sunny San Antonio, Texas.  Many AAJ members are active with ACA, principally with committees such as International Corrections, Sustainability, and Facility Planning and Design (of which I have been re-appointed chair for a second two year term). The Facility Planning and Design Committee meeting includes 25-30 industry members representing the architecture community along with federal, state, and local agencies (of which there has been increasing participation).  The committee role within ACA is multi-faceted: ...
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Event organizing is normally quite stressful. It does not matter if you organize an event in your home and that just friends and family attend or you arrange something with thousands of guests. Events can be expensive and everything needs to be properly planned in order to reach success. If the goal is to organize an event that is highly successful , hiring professional event planners is the way to go. They help with so much, including setting up lights. When looking at lighting needs, various differences appear at a case to case basis. The event planners normally tend to hire specialized lighting companies. The reason why this is the case is not often ...
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Renovating an apartment can be quite a troublesome course of action understandably. Despite having the most efficient planning and also deliberation there can nevertheless be unanticipated errors which often can have quite a big effect on the particular project. It is important to remember that many steps can be taken to renovate an apartment. An apartment renovation thoughts don't liken to directing significant underlying changes. Apartment renovation ideas can be straightforward adjustments that, when achieved, can give the apartment a radical new redesigned look. Some apartment rebuilding ideas can be assembled in three different ways. Those three ways ...
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Every single homeowner out there will eventually think about improvements. There are countless tasks that can be done. It is basically impossible not to find some things that can be done in the home. Whether you buy a new couch from focusonfurniture.com.au or you want to paint the walls, something will be possible. With this in mind, here are some really interesting tips that will help you in various home improvement tasks. Start With The Important Projects First There are some home repairs or improvements that are quite urgent. When you take care of them fast you can easily prevent so much potential future damage. Ignoring such projects can easily ...
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By Kevin J. Collins, RPLU, Associate AIA Material transparency refers to an advocacy movement that promotes requiring manufacturers to fully disclose the material content and chemical makeup of building materials used in construction of the built environment in reference to a pre-determined list of substances which have been identified for potential harmful human health and environmental impacts. Requiring materials transparency encourages product manufactures to divulge the contents of their products to allow for assessment of the potential lifecycle health and environmental impacts posed by the use of the products. Product content information ...
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By Julia Craighill Sustainability has become a buzz word, often dismissed as a trend nowadays. There is evidence, however, that there is considerable business value for companies that integrate sustainability considerations into the fabric of how and why they operate their business. But before a company commits time and resources into the planning and strategizing necessary to truly achieve sustainability integration, one must first askWill this be worth the effort? Does it make business sense for our firm to consider sustainability in how we operate and the services we provide? What is sustainability and how do we achieve it? ...
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Greening your practice Letter from the Editor By Seth Anderson, AIA As AIA members, we have an obligation to advance the policies of the institute. This includes the statement: The creating and operation of the built environment require an investment of the earths resources. Architects must be environmentally responsible and advocate for the sustainable use of those resources. This policy reinforces the positive effect that architects can have on energy conservation and the design, preservation and construction of sustainable communities and high-performance buildings. Going beyond our membership duty to the Institute, there are also ...
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By Zack Moore Greenor sustainablebuildings are drawing more attention today, as there is a growing interest in energy efficiency. Architectural design should contribute to the energy savings and sustainability of all future projects. This provides unique challenges whether the building is completely new, or if the architect is called in to renovate an existing, older building. Taking a look at different analytics and certifications, architects can begin to design with the future energy usage of buildings in mind. Energy Benchmarking Energy benchmarking should be a focus for architects wanting to create greener buildings and secure ...
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By Jonathan Weinert More and more companies are using the ESG modelenvironmental, social, and governanceto define their sustainability objectives and measure sustainable business value. [1] The ESG model is especially useful to remind decision-makers that sustainability has several dimensions that extend beyond energy efficiency, including environmental stewardship, climate change mitigation, social responsibility, and ethical governance. Facilities managers and building owners can often make quick but significant progress toward their sustainability goals with digital and connected lighting systems. While the majority of architects and ...
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By Jennifer Letz Spring has finally sprung, and with the return of warm breezes and showy tulips, so returns our primal urge to purge everything that has accumulated in our workspaces since we set the clocks back. Even in an age of electronic everything, our propensity to collect and stash material objects is only rivaled by the wiliest of desert pack rats. Whether you have a light spring cleaning in mind or a large-scale office move on the calendar, every work environment will need to embrace a downsizing event at some point. So how do you get all of this stuff to leave your workplace? And, more importantly, how can it be done successfully ...
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Airbnb offers more than just rental space. It allows you to explore everything that is at your host's place. If you are an architect or a passionate traveler, get ready to explore what other designers in the world have done. There is a good number of architects who are more than willing to share their perfectly designed spaces with other people. There is little doubt these rentals lack guests and visitors and that is because aside from flawless design, the hospitality of the owner , impeccably clean space maintained by professionals , these rentals have a soul with a story behind to tell. Here are the Airbnb rentals that are considered premium ...
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In this article, we will look at 5 most trendy double bed designs in nowadays. If we talk about a material of a double bed, then the best choice is wood. After all, wood is a unique material in a sense of processing and application possibilities. Let's get acquainted with the variety of double bed designs and choose the most ideal for you and your house. 5. Wooden Double Bed in Classical Style The fifth place of this rating is taken by a wooden double bed in classical style. The classical style remains popular and trendy even today. Such a bed in a classical style will perfectly suit conservatives. If you love everything unshakable, proven by time ...
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